As a ‘science on - and among people’, socio-cultural anthropology, its methods and its code of conduct are vastly affected in this new Covid-19 reality. And yet, one cannot deny that these are interesting times for us: it has always been a foundation in our approach to be questioning what we perceive as ‘normality’, and now the whole world as we knew it, is forced to do this with us.
In light of this, and noting that our own normality of a long-standing field project is challenged too, we did not give up. We managed to find tailored solutions for most of our teams and participants in these difficult times. We have been working hard on redesigning our projects in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amongst others, our first online distance learning summer schools (ever) were such a success that we are extending the possibility of partaking in this for students who missed out on the summer school 2020 due to COVID-19.
More than ever curious to see where this leads us, we are convinced that our science has to take up its place in the vanguard of creating the future. We are ready to learn from this together with you in our Expeditions network and our programs. We will tread carefully and keep on learning from each step, but we choose to step forward. With the same dedication, yet now with more experience, we are preparing our project season of 2021. The applications for our Off the Beaten Track Summer school 2021 are now open! Our field school is held annually on the islet of Gozo, one of the three inhabited islands of the Maltese Archipelago in the heart of the Mediterranean. Surrounded by crystal clear waters it enjoys year-round sunshine and is home to numerous natural and cultural treasures. Our program had its first edition in 2006 and is now the longest standing cultural anthropology field school in the world.
We offer a unique opportunity to acquire 'in the field' experience. The islands present a balance of past and present: rural Mediterranean traditions intersect with foreign influence in small fishing villages. At the crossroads of maritime routes between Europe, Africa and Asia, Malta has always been strategically important, and thus many influences have contributed to the Maltese and Gozitan culture. This can be seen for example in the Maltese language - a fusion of Arabic, Italian and other languages.
Today, Maltese people also speak English. This facilitates access to the field for foreign researchers. Possible topics for field research abound, especially within anthropology of food, tourism, gender, architecture, and religion.
The program offers both budding anthropologists and more advanced scholars a valuable opportunity to do ethnographic and anthropological research on an island with 7,000 years of history.
The Malta Summer School international faculty and staff help connect students and locals. They facilitate and monitor the progress of each project, and also guide interested participants through the process of publishing peer-reviewed research results. Feel free to browse this website to learn more about our program and feel free to contact us should you have any questions. And if you are already convinced, please do not hesitate with your application.